Patch Tuesday problems persist: Start stops, Edge crumbles, Outlook and VMware shake

I reported two days ago that Microsoft seems to have fixed the printing bugs it introduced in the first CVE-2019-1367 Internet Explorer zero-day patch — and apparently reintroduced with the two additional CVE-2019-1367 patches. That’s the good news.

Now I have some bad news. Old bugs are back again, and some new ones seem to be crawling out of the primordial Windows ooze. Let’s take them from the most prevalent (or at least, the ones that generated the most screams of pain) to the ones that appear to infect infrequently.

Start Menu stops with a Critical Error

Many more people are reporting that, after installing the Win10 version 1903 patch KB 4517389, the Start menu doesn’t work: Click on Start and you get a Critical Error. On Reddit, poster pyork211099 has narrowed it down:

Last two Cumulative Updates have [generated Critical Errors]. Finally found an error message about it though (2 actually one for StartMenu and one for Shell):

Activation for Microsoft.Windows.StartMenuExperienceHost_cw5n1h2txyewy!App failed. Error code: This app does not support the contract specified or is not installed.. Activation phase: No phase defined


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